You want what’s best for your pet. However, have you ever stopped to think about how healthy your pet’s teeth are? Periodontal disease is shockingly common in dogs and cats. It’s estimated that two out of every three dogs and nearly 89% of cats suffer from it. Annapolis Veterinary & Wellness of Annapolis, MD, look at the facts about pet dental care.
What Are the Signs of Dental Problems in Pets?
Signs that your pet has tooth or gum problems include bad breath, eating with head tilted, constantly dropping food, pawing at the mouth, not wanting you to touch the mouth, and drooling more than usual. Another sign, if the pet lets you look in his or her mouth, is very yellow or tan teeth.
What Should I Do If My Pet Has Signs of Dental Problems?
Take your pet to a veterinarian right away. Dental problems can be painful and can lead to tooth loss. Problems like periodontal disease, if left untreated, can make a pet more prone to experiencing problems of the heart, liver, and kidneys.
How Can My Vet Clean My Pet’s Teeth?
If your pet needs a cleaning or tooth extraction right away by your veterinarian, then the pet needs to go under anesthesia for the procedure. Before that, X-rays of the mouth need to be done. The cleaning procedure takes anywhere from 45 to 80 minutes.
How Can I Keep My Pet’s Teeth Clean?
Brushing every day is the best way to keep your pet’s teeth clean. Many pets will not sit for an entire cleaning, so aim to do part of the mouth every day. This way, the whole mouth is brushed at least twice a week. Ask your vet to show you how to brush your pet’s teeth. There are also excellent video tutorials on YouTube.
Can I Use My Toothpaste for My Pet?
Never use human toothpaste or baking soda for brushing your pet’s teeth. It could make your pet very sick. Also, they do not like the taste and much prefer the taste of toothpaste made for pets.
Is There Anything Else I Can Do for My Pet’s Teeth?
There are toys made for dogs and cats that help clean the teeth and gums. Dental treats are made for dogs and cats that help clean the teeth. Eating dry food also helps clean the teeth, although the food cannot get to all areas of the teeth and gums.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Veterinarian in Annapolis, MD for Pet Dental Care
Call Annapolis Veterinary & Wellness today at (410) 224-6624 for more information on pet dental care or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.